Who Was Theodore Roosevelt?


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Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States. He served from 1901 to 1909 as a Republican. He's known for being the youngest president at 42, busting trusts, allocating land for national parks, leading a regiment in the Spanish-American War and heading the creation of the Panama Canal.

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Roosevelt is strongly associated with the saying, "Walk softly and carry a big stick." As such, he had a large impact on foreign relations, releasing the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, which claimed that only the United States has the right to intervene in Latin-American affairs. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work mediating an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

After his presidency, he returned to politics and ran against the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates as a member of his own Bull Moose party, splitting the vote and allowing for the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson.

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